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PortagePointe Elder Community Earns A Grade at State Review

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HANCOCK – Portage Health is proud to announce that the PortagePointe senior living community has received high marks at its annual review by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH).

The MDCH’s Division of Nursing Home Monitoring performs inspections on an average of every 12 months to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. The state survey team conducted an unannounced visit to PortagePointe during the week of December 3, 2007, and declared during the exit summary that the elder community passed inspection with an “A” grade.

As the state surveyors pointed out, the outstanding care provided at PortagePointe is particularly notable because the senior living community has doubled in size and transformed itself into a true home since the last inspection. The state review team praised PortagePointe for operating at the cutting edge of culture change and breaking the institutional mold utilized by other senior care facilities.

In 2006, Portage Health built an addition to PortagePointe, which resulted in five distinct homes for 60 individuals. During that time, the staff continued the implementation of the Eden philosophy, an innovative approach to caring for elders that was formally adopted in 2002. The Eden philosophy seeks to provide human habitats where vibrant, vigorous living continues for individuals.
PortagePointe staff member Sally Ann Smith, RN, spent two days with the inspectors. She said, “PortagePointe is a remarkable facility, one of the best in the nation according to the survey team, and I’m proud to be a part of this unit.”

The success of PortagePointe is built upon its staff’s progressive vision and commitment to providing first-rate care, said Jim Bogan, Portage Health’s CEO.

“We truly believe in creating a home where elders can live out the rest of their days with dignity, respect and a high quality of life,” Bogan said. “To all the staff of PortagePointe and all the staff who provide services to PortagePointe, I would like to express a great debt of gratitude for creating this environment for our elders.”

Elaine Archambeau, the Head Coach at PortagePointe, said that her team has devoted many hours to training and education.

“Over the last year-and-a-half, the staff at PortagePointe has grown together as a team dedicated to transforming elder care in this community. I am very grateful and honored to work with them, and I thank them for all their efforts,” Archambeau said.

For more information about PortagePointe, please call (906) 483-1190 or visit our PortagePointe page.

Note: This was originally posted on: 12/06/2007


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